Two firefighters take on scenic bike ride for charity

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by Steven O'Neill

FIREFIGHTERS Tony Collins and Keith Langley will spin into new territory when they take on a huge 106km cycle around Loch Ness this spring.

The duo will swap their heavy duty tunics for light streamlined cycling clothing ahead of the challenge on April 28.

Tony and Keith are pedalling to raise funds for both Macmillan Cancer Support and the SFRS Family Support Trust.

And while they are relishing the prospect of taking this on, it will be the first time either of the firefighters have taken part in such a Charity Fundraiser.

Training Station Manager Collins explained: “It’s an exciting and challenging thing to do.

“Both myself and Keith enjoy cycling as a hobby but have never done anything like this before.

“Our families think we are a bit mad but are hugely supportive of our efforts.

“In fact, it’s like role reversal  as our wives are usually the ones taking on challenges like tough mudder, marathons and others!”

Tony, who joined the fire service 26 years ago, explained why he decided to take on the cycle and how supporting the two charities has spurred him on to complete the event.

He added: “We decided to enter after Keith celebrated a milestone birthday last year… but I better not tell what age it was!

“Both of us have had family and friends that have been helped by Macmillan Cancer as well as the Family Support Trust and felt this was a perfect way for us to give back to both charities.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is committed to be there for everyone who needs them, from the moment they receive their cancer diagnosis. We want to help them find their best way through and help everyone live life as fully as they can.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust, exists to provide financial and other support services to serving and retired Scottish Fire Service personnel and their families, who may require assistance in times of need.

To support Tony and Keith’s Loch Ness Etape cycle please visit: 

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